Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pennington Biomedical Researcher Dr. Jennifer Caldwell Secures Pilot Funding from Forge AHEAD Research Center

BATON ROUGE – Dr. Jennifer Caldwell of Pennington Biomedical Research Center garners recognition as one of four chosen early-stage investigators receiving $50,000 in pilot funding from the Forge AHEAD Center, situated at the University of Alabama Birmingham. This funding aims to support innovative research targeting cardiometabolic diseases within the Deep South region.

Dr. Caldwell, an assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical, stands out for her upcoming project, “Linking GAINS: Linking Genetics and Improving Nutrition in Scotlandville.” This initiative aligns with Forge AHEAD’s commitment to advancing health outcomes and tackling disparities within local communities.

Expressing gratitude, Dr. Caldwell emphasizes the significance of merging genetic ancestry analysis with community interventions. Her project, “Linking GAINS,” intends to bridge this gap, reflecting Forge AHEAD’s endorsement of impactful studies that resonate with their mission.

In addition to financial backing, selected scholars benefit from strategic guidance and mentorship, empowering them to effect positive change in their respective fields.

Dr. Caldwell’s “Linking GAINS” study addresses the healthcare needs of African Americans by offering genetic education alongside access to nutritious food and healthcare resources. The project emanated from initiatives like fresh produce markets aimed at combating food deserts, particularly in areas like Scotlandville.

Through tailored nutritional education and access to healthcare professionals, participants in the study will receive personalized lifestyle recommendations based on their genetic predispositions, including screenings for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. John Kirwan, Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical, lauds Dr. Caldwell’s recognition by Forge AHEAD, emphasizing the institution’s commitment to community-focused research.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is renowned for its pioneering work in understanding obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. With a robust research network and cutting-edge facilities, it continues to drive medical discovery forward.

In summary, Dr. Caldwell’s achievement underscores Pennington Biomedical’s dedication to impactful research and community service, positioning it as a leader in healthcare innovation both locally and globally.

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